## Chlorophyll concentration OCI VS Chlorophyll Concentration OCX Algorithm

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### Chlorophyll concentration OCI VS Chlorophyll Concentration OCX Algorithm

Hello
I am currently doing a research in Marine protected areas (MPA), calculating Chlorophyll concentration through remote sensing.

I started using Terra Modis data but I dont know which of the 2 types I should use. OCX Algorithm OR OCI?

Also I read some papers referring that (OCI) algorithm is a hybrid between a bandâ€difference color index algorithm for lowâ€Chl waters
and the traditional bandâ€ratio algorithms (OCx) for higherâ€Chl waters. Does that mean that OCI contains OCX alogorithm with some more information? I am a little bit confused there.

When I used the OCX Algorithm the size of the file is 5 to 6 times bigger than OCI. Does that mean OCX Algorithm contains more information about variation?

Which of the 2 types should I use in my research and what type is the newest containing more information?

Thank you.

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### Chlorophyll concentration OCI VS Chlorophyll Concentration OCX Algorithm

Use OCI.  As implemented in l2gen  OCI is a blend of the Hu et al., (2012) color index algorithm (which uses a band difference  approach) and the OCx (in the case of MODIS the x is 3, for 3-band ratio algorithm).  See https://oceancolor.gsfc.nasa.gov/atbd/chlor_a/.

I do not understand your statement that the OCX file size is 5 to6 times bigger than OCI, as OCI includes OCX, but switches to the band difference algorithm below concentrations 0f 0.15 mg m^-3, using a weighted average between 0.15 and 0.2 mg m^-3 and is OCX-only above 0.2 mg m^-3 .

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Sean

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### Chlorophyll concentration OCI VS Chlorophyll Concentration OCX Algorithm

Thank you for your immediate response.

When I said about the file I meant that the size of OCX (netCDF) is 300 MB (megabytes) while OCI is 40-50MB (megabytes) and I thought the bigger the file the more information will be included.

I will use OCI.

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